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Ballycastle Bay. As you take in the views, and stunning they are, it’s hard to imagine

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those times. Te next couple of miles is fairly flat though the road undulates somewhat. Tis gives an excellent opportunity to study

the many flowers and plants that adorn the roadside and adjacent fields; wild thyme, harebell, bogbean and wild fuchsia to name a few. Keep an eye out for hares, pheas- ants, red-legged partridges and buzzards. Rathlin abounds with stories of fairies, ghosts and myth- ical creatures so the islanders have long-been regarded as superstitious like many isolated communities. Te town- land of Knockans was thought to have been the home of


the Grogock or gruagagh, a small, hairy, naked, eld- erly man about 4 ft tall and believed to have come from Kintyre, Scotland. His house was said to be a cave or a hollow but sometimes a leaning stone was all he had to call home. Te tradition of the Grogock is well known in North Antrim, Donegal and Sligo. Tey disliked the clergy and would never enter a house if one was present. Grogocks, unlike mischievous fair- ies, did the odd good turn and apart from a jug of cream refused



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